> TRADE NAMES
This wood is wherever known with the name of bubinga, when stripped is also called kevazingo. In the U.S.A. is also known with the name of akume.
> ORIGINAL NAMES
Bubinga, essingang, ovang – Cameron
Oveng – Guinea
> GROWTH AREA
This tree is diffused in the West equatorial area of Africa, from Cameron through Gabon and Congo.
> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
Sapwood and heartwood are clearly distinguished. The first is whitish or light brown and is useless; instead the heartwood is violet-red with some darker streaks. It is a very hard and heavy wood, characterised by a strong resistance to termites. It presents a homogenous and fine texture and a decorative fibre, thanks to its several controfili.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on the open air it has a specific weight of about 900 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
It should be carefully and slowly dried to avoid splitting.
> MAIN USE AND PROCESSING
It is a very decorative wood and for this reason it is widely used in the furniture industries. The lumbers are also very workable and can be easily polished producing a very good effect. Due to its great hardness, this wood is difficult to saw; anyway, nail and screw joints hold well. Well-suited also for small tools as brush, knife-handles, parquet flooring and sleepers.